Weekly Release - August 1August 1, 2016
KOKOMO, IND. – The photo finish that is the 2016 Prospect League second half title chase concludes this week.
Kokomo, standing 14-11 in the second half and 29-26 overall, holds a half-game lead on Champion City, is one game up on first half champion West Virginia and 2.5 in front of Butler with five to play. The Jackrabbits face road trips to Lafayette Tuesday, August 2, and Danville Friday, August 5, for 6:35 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time starts, respectively. The Gold and Brown welcome the Miners Wednesday and Thursday, August 3 and 4, and the Aviators Saturday, August 6, to Kokomo Municipal Stadium, recently named Ballpark Digest’s Summer Collegiate Ballpark of the Year for a second successive season, for 6:35 p.m. first pitches Wednesday and Thursday and a 7:05 p.m. start Saturday.
AYE MATEY - PIRATES OF KOKOMO PROMOTIONS: Individuals in attendance at each of the final four regular season home games have fun in store.
Wednesday’s clash with West Virginia features an eye patch giveaway to the first 300 children as part of kids 12 and under eating free and being able to go on the turf at evening’s end for squirt gun battles and to run the bases. Thursday is highlighted by a jersey auction and mustache/beard appreciation night with all men showing off their facial works of art receiving a $5 backyard ticket and $1 hot dog meal deal. Saturday’s regular season finale is spotlighted by a pirate bobblehead giveaway to the first 2,000 fans and special post-game fireworks.
Fans can find all of their information via the official web site of the Prospects League franchise (www.kokomojackrabbits.com) as well as links to live statistics and webcasts for all games home and away and the complete 2016 home promotional calendar.
NEWS AND NOTES: The Eastern Division pennant run isn’t the only one going down to the wire. The top four clubs in the Western Division are separated by only a game and a half … Outfielder Griffin Harms of Wayne State University remains in the PL’s batting average top 10 going into the final week. His .316 mark is ninth-highest. His 60 hits are also eighth-best. In other offensive categories, infielder Logan Barnes of Indiana University – Southeast is tied for fifth in doubles (14); and infielder Ryan Hutchinson of Illinois State University is tied for the triples’ lead (four) … On the mound, starting hurler Mike Anthony of Lock Haven University is 10th in earned run average (2.71), is first in innings pitched (66 and a third) and wins (seven), is tied for second in starts, along with teammate and Ball State University’s Nick Floyd (10) and is seventh in strikeouts (52). University of Missouri’s Ryan Lee is just two spots behind his staff mate in strikeouts (48).